Staff & Board Members

Board and Staff Composition

The Board and volunteers of the YWCA Berkeley/Oakland represent a great variety of employment fields, academic majors, and interests. The diversity of the Board of Directors, volunteers and staff reflects that of our community. The Board members range in age from the 20s to the 90s, with many religions and most ethnic, racial, and socio-economic groups represented. This diversity in all areas is reflected in our volunteer and staff groups as well.

Cherisse Baatin
Sharon Bettinelli
Marilyn Cleveland
Jennifer Farnstrom
Vera Ferris
Marilyn Wright Ford
Kate Earle Funk, Recording Secretary
Susan Giesecke
Mary Huang
Kate Ireland
Angela Jackson-Castain
Denise Jeffrey
Karen Jeffrey-Anthony
Laura Kirkwood, Vice President
Yukiko Grace Kobayashi
Michele LeProhn
Treacy Malloy, Corresponding Secretary
Judy Martin, Treasurer
Kathryn McCarthy
Mary Stewart McCosker
Jennifer Mitchell
Sarah Knox Miyazaki
Linda Oliver
Noni Ramos
Mary Remy
Lani Ingham Shepp
Leslie Veen, President
Dawn Weinstein
Samantha Wellerstein
Jennifer Meux White
Jacqueline Woods


The YWCA Berkeley/Oakland staff is hard working, well educated and extremely committed to social service and the goals outlined in our mission. Each staff member is uniquely qualified for their position and all of our programs benefit from the diversity of our staff.

Allison Darko – Office Manager
Jenny DeRuntz – Executive Director
Maria Guillen -Dance & Fitness; Financial Literacy Program Director
Claire Marchiano – Career Counselor
Eleanor Margulis – English In Action Program Director
Eileen Ollivier – Community Program Director
Allison Peck – Accounts Bookkeeper
Ana Rivas – Housekeeper
Ariana Apostol – Girls Group Mentoring Program Director
Felix Tsai – Caretaker